Quarantine and COVID-19 rules when entering the United States

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Due to the corona crisis, we receive questions about the current U.S. travel restrictions as well as about the quarantine and COVID-19 regulations that apply upon entry and within the United States. We therefore provide general information regarding quarantine in the U.S. and also refer to the current COVID-19 / quarantine regulations of all U.S. states.

 

General information on quarantine and U.S. entry

With the fall of the Travel Ban, travel to the U.S. can once again take place for many nations since November 8, 2021, albeit under strict hygiene guidelines.

The new regulation largely lifts the regulations for foreign travelers from certain countries that had been established until then and instead introduces a uniform global regulation.

Anyone entering the United States under these requirements after January 26, 2021, will receive an attestation (Passenger Attestation Statement) from the airlines, which must be signed.

Note: While individuals recovered from Corona in several European countries (including Germany) receive only a single dose of vaccine after infection and are considered fully vaccinated with only one dose of vaccine, this practice is not recognized by CDC. According to CDC, two doses of a two-dose vaccination series or one dose of a single-dose vaccination are mandatory. As a result, affected individuals cannot travel unless they qualify for another exemption.

Hygiene and distance rules for air travel

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, stricter entry controls and quarantine requirements have applied and continue to apply.

Although the entry procedure may vary depending on the U.S. state or port of entry, general hygiene and distance rules (face mask requirement, certain distance away from other people, regular hand washing, etc.) apply:

Departure / flight:

  • disinfection of hands
  • document control
    complete vaccination certificate or certificate of exemption
    NOTE: We strongly recommend all travelers to check in advance with the respective airline which application documentation is exactly required to avoid problems at check-in.
  • fill in the U.S. traveler health declaration (Passenger Attestation Statement)

Entry:

  • additional proof of COVID-19 vaccination
  • additional interviews by CBP officers, if necessary

Note: The U.S. quarantine regulations depend on the current corona case numbers and are therefore subject to constant changes. In addition, the regulations vary greatly depending on the U.S. state through which you enter the United States.

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On-site quarantine and COVID-19 rules depending on the U.S. state

Quarantine regulations upon entry into the U.S.

On-site quarantine regulations and sanitation measures – i.e., after entry into the U.S. has occurred – will vary based on the vaccination status of individuals traveling beginning November 8, 2021:

All information about the quarantine regulation in the USA can be found here. 

  Vaccinated Recovered Unvaccinated
Behavior in case of contact with a COVID-19 positive person
  • Get tested
  • No quarantine needed unless you develop symptoms
  • Watch for possible symptoms until 10 days after contact/illness
  • Go into quarantine if you develop symptoms
  • Wear a mask until day 10 as a precautionary measure
  • No quarantine needed unless you develop symptoms
  • Watch for possible symptoms until 10 days after contact/illness
  • Go into quarantine if you develop symptoms
  • Wear a mask until day 10 as a precautionary measure
  • Quarantine for at least 5 whole days, even if you do not show any symptoms.
  • Get tested regularly
  • Require masks for at least 5 days
  • Be aware of your symptoms for at least 10 days after becoming ill.
  • Avoid travel and contact before the 10th day of illness before your corona test is negative.
  • If you have to leave the house after the 5th day, take precautionary measures

Since the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States is subject to almost constant fluctuations, quarantine rules and regulations in the 50 states are constantly being adapted.

Who needs to be quarantined?

Quarantine regulations within the U.S.

The quarantine and COVID-19 regulations within the U.S. are very different, which makes it difficult for U.S. travelers to always stay informed. While there are strict quarantine regulations in some U.S. states (Alaska, Hawaii, etc.), there are hardly any regulations in other regions of the United States. Companies and their employees must therefore make sure they are aware of the current regulations in the U.S. state through which the employees wish to enter the country.

This means that you may need to take into account regulations of several states when planning your travel route in the United States.

Visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) website for information about COVID-19 testing sites.

In the following we refer in detail to the official COVID-19 safety information of the individual U.S. states. This list is in alphabetical order.

COVID-19 guidelines of the 50 U.S. states
Alabama Tourism Department Department of Public Health
Alaska COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health and Social Services
Arizona Office of Tourism Department of Health Services
Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism Department of Health
Colorado COVID-19 Advisory Department of Public Health & Environment
Connecticut COVID-19 Advisory Department of Public Health
Delaware Tourism Office Division of Public Health
Florida COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health
Georgia COVID-19 Advisory Department of Public Health
Hawaii Tourism Authority State Department of Health
Idaho Department of Commerce - Tourism Development Department of Health and Welfare
Illinois City of Chicago COVID-19 Advisory Department of Public Health
Indiana COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health
Iowa Tourism Office Department of Public Health
Kalifornien Office of Tourism Department of Public Health
Kansas COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health and Environment
Kentucky Team Kentucky Department for Public Health
Louisiana Travel Association Department of Health
Maine COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health and Human Services
Maryland Office of Tourism Department of Health
Massachusetts COVID-19 Advisory Department of Public Health
Michigan COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health and Human Services
Minnesota Tourism Office Department of Health
Mississippi Development Authority State Department of Health
Missouri Division of Tourism Department of Health and Senior Services
Montana Office of Tourism Department of Public Health and Human Services
Nebraska COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health and Human Services
Nevada COVID-19 Advisory Division of Public and Behavioral Health
New Hampshire COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health and Human Services
New Jersey COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health
New Mexico Tourism Department Department of Health
New York COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health
North Carolina COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health and Human Services
North Dakota COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health
Ohio COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health
Oklahoma COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health
Oregon Tourism Commission Health Authority, Public Health Division
Pennsylvania COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health
Rhode Island COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health
South Carolina COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health and Environmental Control
South Dakota Department of Tourism Department of Health
Tennessee Department of Tourist Development Department of Health
Texas Office of the Governor, Economic Development & Tourism Department of State Health Services
Utah Office of Tourism Department of Health
Vermont COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health
Virginia COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health
Washington, D.C. COVID-19 Advisory  
Washington Tourism Alliance State Department of Health
West Virginia Tourism Office Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health
Wisconsin COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health Services
Wyoming COVID-19 Advisory Department of Health

 

For more information about current quarantine regulations, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

Please note that the final decision on to the eligibility of each individual to enter the United States is made by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer at the border.

Quarantine and COVID-19 rules when leaving the country

Depending on the requirements of the destination country, a new Corona test may also be required when leaving the United States.

The reason for this is that strict entry regulations apply to individuals traveling (back) to Germany, for instance, from a high risk area such as the United States.

In any case, please contact the respective local authorities for information on the currently applicable regulations.

Updated on 20.6.2022


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  • Hallo wie lange gilt die 2fache Impfung in USA ?
    Reicht es 2fach geimpft zu sein für die Einreise ,auch wenn sie in der EU nur noch 270 Tage gültig ist

  • Guten Tag,
    für die Einreise in die USA müssen Sie geimpft sein. Zudem müssen Sie entweder einen negativen Corona Test ODER einen Genesenenstatus vorlegen. Alle weiteren Details finden Sie hier: https://www.usvisaservice.de/news/article/einreiseverbot-usa-coronavirus/#wer-darf-wieder-einreisen
    Ihr US Visa Service Team

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